Trent and the Magic Railroad:


The anti-porkers are ganging up on Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) like he’s Don Young. There’s now a website solely devoted to the “railroad to nowhere”, or as my colleague Bill Allison has called it, the “reoriented express”. Tim Chapman at and Porkbusters is hammering away at Lott and congressional Republicans:

The latest example, which you have heard of by now, puts Don Young’s (R-AK) Bridge to Nowhere to shame. This pork project, secured by Mississippi Republican Senators Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, is more than double the cost of the bridge. Weighing in at $700 million, the funding secured to scrap a coastal rail line in Mississippi and move it inland (thereby making room for coastal developers) is by far the largest congressional earmark ever secured.

Not only is the project exorbitantly expensive, it would appear to be unnecessary. The Mississippi senators tucked the project away in the massive “emergency” supplemental bill slated to be considered by the Senate next week. The funding for the CSX rail line was designated as “emergency” funding in the document, which reads, “As a result of Hurricane Katrina, the rail line was out of commission for 143 days and has since reopened only on a temporary basis.”

For full coverage of “Trent and the Magic Railroad” go to the Heritage Policy Blogs (h/t Instapundit) or go down the hall to Allison’s Under the Influence.